2015 World Series

The 2015 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 season. The 111th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion New York Mets and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 27 and November 1, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since the 2010 World Series that the World Series extended into November.[2] The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series to win the World Series after losing in the previous year. It was the first World Series to feature only expansion teams and the first since the 2007 World Series to not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, or San Francisco Giants as the NL champions.

The Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice that was discontinued after the 2016 season. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 (there was no Game 6 or 7, which the Royals would have hosted).

The Royals won Game 1 in extra innings. The Royals also won Game 2 with a complete game by Johnny Cueto, who allowed only one unearned run and two hits. With the series shifting to New York, the Mets won Game 3 with home runs by David Wright and Curtis Granderson. The Royals came from behind to win Game 4 after an error by Daniel Murphy led to a blown save by Jeurys Familia. Game 5 also went into extra innings, where bench player Christian Colón drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals, who clinched the series. Salvador Pérez was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

2015 World Series
2015-World-Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Kansas City Royals (4) Ned Yost 95–67, .586, 12 GA
New York Mets (1) Terry Collins 90–72, .556, 7 GA
DatesOctober 27 – November 1
MVPSalvador Pérez (Kansas City)
UmpiresGary Cederstrom (crew chief),
Bill Welke (games 1–2), Mike Everitt (games 3–7), Mark Carlson, Mike Winters, Jim Wolf, Alfonso Márquez, Ron Kulpa (replay assistant)
ALCSKansas City Royals defeated Toronto Blue Jays, 4–2
NLCSNew York Mets defeated Chicago Cubs, 4–0
Broadcast
TelevisionFox
MLB International
TV announcersJoe Buck (play-by-play)
Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci (color analysts)
Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews (field reporters)[1] (Fox)
Matt Vasgersian (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (color analyst) (MLB International)
RadioESPN
KCSP (KC)
WOR (NYM)
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Aaron Boone (ESPN)
Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, and Steve Physioc (KC)
Howie Rose and Josh Lewin (NYM)
World Series Program
2015 World Series program
World Series

Background

New York Mets

The Mets made their fifth appearance in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs 4–0 in the 2015 National League Championship Series (NLCS).[3] They had split their four previous appearances, winning the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles and the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, while losing the 1973 World Series against the Oakland Athletics and the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees, their cross-town rivals.[4]

The Mets qualified for the postseason by winning the National League (NL) East, their sixth division title.[5] They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 NL Division Series, winning in five games. In the 2015 NLCS, Daniel Murphy led the team by hitting home runs in each game of the four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.[6] By winning the NLCS, the Mets ensured that they have the most World Series appearances by an expansion franchise with five. In addition, the Mets have made World Series appearances in all but one of their six decades of existence, not appearing in any that were played during the 1990s.[7] This was the first World Series appearance for Mets' manager Terry Collins.[8][9]

Kansas City Royals

The Royals made their second consecutive appearance in the World Series, both under Ned Yost, and fourth overall. They won the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, and lost their two other appearances, the 1980 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies and the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.[10] The Royals qualified for the postseason by winning the American League (AL) Central, their seventh division title and their first since winning the AL West in 1985.[11] They faced the Houston Astros in the 2015 American League Division Series, winning in five games. They followed that up in the 2015 American League Championship Series, beating the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.[12]

By winning the ALCS, the Royals became the first team to play in consecutive World Series since the Texas Rangers played in the 2010 World Series and 2011 World Series.[13]

Series preview

The series began on October 27.[14] As the AL won the 2015 All-Star Game, the Royals had home field advantage for the series.[15]

The Mets and Royals had not played since 2013. Though the Mets boasted four starting pitchers who could throw over 95 miles per hour (153 km/h) in Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, the Royals had the best team batting average against pitches over that speed during the 2015 season. While the Mets starting pitchers had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors, the Royals, consisting of strong contact hitters, led baseball in contact rate. The Royals also had a superior defensive team, finishing second in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved, while the Mets finished 21st.[16] The Royals bullpen, anchored by Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera, also provided a strength.[17] While the Mets hitters performed better against left-handed pitchers than right-handed pitchers, the Royals four starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Vólquez, Yordano Ventura, and Chris Young, and primary relievers, Davis, Herrera, Ryan Madson, and Luke Hochevar, are right-handed.[18] This was also the first time the World Series was played by teams which both entered the league as expansion teams. The Mets joined the National League in 1962, and the Royals joined the American League in 1969.

Summary

Kansas City won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 27 New York Mets – 4, Kansas City Royals – 5 (14) Kauffman Stadium 5:09 40,320[19] 
2 October 28 New York Mets – 1, Kansas City Royals – 7 Kauffman Stadium 2:54 40,410[20] 
3 October 30 Kansas City Royals – 3, New York Mets – 9 Citi Field 3:22 44,781[21] 
4 October 31 Kansas City Royals – 5, New York Mets – 3 Citi Field 3:29 44,815[22] 
5 November 1 Kansas City Royals – 7, New York Mets – 2 (12) Citi Field 4:15 44,859[23]

Game summaries

Game 1

October 27, 2015 7:09 pm (CDT) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, 52 °F (11 °C), overcast
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 11 1
WP: Chris Young (1–0)   LP: Bartolo Colón (0–1)
Home runs:
NYM: Curtis Granderson (1)
KC: Alcides Escobar (1), Alex Gordon (1)
Attendance: 40,320
Boxscore
151027-F-DF892-032 Team Whiteman displays U.S. flag during World Series
More than 100 service members from Whiteman Air Force Base participated in the flag ceremony that took place before the game

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by George Brett.[24] Matt Harvey started Game 1 for the Mets, while Edinson Vólquez started for the Royals.[25] Vólquez's father had died earlier in the day.[26] He was not aware of his father's death until after he left the game.[27]

On the first pitch thrown by Harvey, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series,[28][29] and the first hit by a leadoff batter since Patsy Dougherty did it for the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series.[30] In the fourth inning, Murphy recorded the Mets' first hit, and later scored their first run on a hit by Travis d'Arnaud.[31] Curtis Granderson hit a home run in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 2–1 lead.[32] The Mets took a 3–1 lead in the top of the sixth when Michael Conforto drove in Yoenis Céspedes with a sacrifice fly. Mike Moustakas then saved a run with a diving stop and throw out to first to end the top of the sixth.[33] Eric Hosmer reduced the lead to 3–2 with a sacrifice fly, and set a new Royals' postseason run batted in (RBI) record in the process.[34][35] A single by Moustakas tied the game at three, but in the top of the eighth, Wilmer Flores reached on an fielding error by Hosmer, allowing Juan Lagares to score the go-ahead run and give the Mets a 4–3 lead. In the bottom of the ninth with the Mets 2 outs away from taking Game 1, Alex Gordon tied the game for the Royals with a home run to deep center field, as Jeurys Familia blew his first save in six postseason opportunities and his first since July 30.[36][37][38] With the home run, Gordon became the first player since Scott Brosius in the 2001 World Series, and just the fifth player in history, to tie a World Series game on a home run in the ninth inning.[39]

In the bottom of the 11th inning, Granderson robbed the speedy Jarrod Dyson of a multi-base hit with a running, leaping catch that prevented what probably would have been a lead-off triple. The Mets went on to get out of the inning.[40] In the bottom of the 14th, Escobar reached first on a throwing error by David Wright, and Bartolo Colón gave up a base hit to Ben Zobrist, allowing Escobar to reach third. Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to Granderson in right field to drive in the winning run. This was the first time in World Series history that the same player scored both the first run of the game on the first pitch, and the last run of the game on the final pitch. The game ended at 12:18 AM CDT, lasting five hours and nine minutes.[41] The game tied the record for the longest game by innings in World Series history, shared with Game 2 in the 1916 World Series and Game 3 in the 2005 World Series. However, the record has since been surpassed by Game 3 of the 2018 World Series. [42] The loss made Colón the oldest player ever to lose a World Series game.[43]

Game 2

Johnny Cueto on September 11, 2015
Johnny Cueto was the winning pitcher in Game 2, pitching a complete game
October 28, 2015 7:08 pm (CDT) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, 52 °F (11 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 x 7 10 0
WP: Johnny Cueto (1–0)   LP: Jacob deGrom (0–1)
Attendance: 40,410
Boxscore

In Game 2, Jacob deGrom started for the Mets, and Johnny Cueto started for the Royals.[44] The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Medal of Honor recipients Don Ballard, Charles Hagemeister, and Roger Donlon.[45] Cueto walked Curtis Granderson to lead off the fourth and Daniel Murphy one out later. Yoenis Céspedes's hit into a forceout at second before Lucas Duda's RBI single put the Mets up 1-0. Duda hit the Mets' only other hit in the game in the second and Cueto retired them in order through the ninth.

In the fifth inning, deGrom allowed a leadoff walk to Alex Gordon and subsequent single to Alex Rios before Alcides Escobar's RBI single tied the game. Ben Zobrist's groundout moved the runners up and after Lorenzo Cain lined out to center, Eric Hosmer's two-run single put the Royals up 3-1. Kendrys Morales's single moved Hosmer to third and Mike Moustakas's single made it 4-1 Royals.

The Royals blew the game open in the eighth off of Jon Niese, who allowed a leadoff single to Moustakas, subsequent single to Salvador Pérez, and RBI double to Gordon. Addison Reed relieved Niese and allowed a sacrifice fly to Paulo Orlando and RBI triple to Escobar to make it 7-1 Kansas City.[46]

Cueto walked Murphy with two outs in the ninth before getting Cespedes to fly out to right to finish the complete game, becoming the first AL pitcher to accomplish this feat in the World Series since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, as the Royals defeated the Mets and took a two games to zero lead in the series.[47][48] Cueto became the first AL pitcher since Jim Lonborg in the 1967 World Series to throw a World Series complete game while allowing two hits or fewer.[49]

Game 3

Billy Joel Singing the National Anthem Before Game 3 of the 2015 World Series
Billy Joel singing the National Anthem before Game 3
October 30, 2015 8:08 pm (EDT) at Citi Field in Queens, New York, 52 °F (11 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
New York 2 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 x 9 12 0
WP: Noah Syndergaard (1–0)   LP: Yordano Ventura (0–1)
Home runs:
KC: None
NYM: David Wright (1), Curtis Granderson (2)
Attendance: 44,781
Boxscore

The series shifted to Citi Field, the home stadium of the Mets, for Game 3. Yordano Ventura started for the Royals and Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets.[50] The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Mike Piazza to catcher Kevin Plawecki.[51] With no designated hitter (DH) in NL parks, the Mets started Michael Conforto, their DH for Game 2, in the outfield instead of Juan Lagares, and the Royals did not start Kendrys Morales, their regular DH.[52]

Zobrist scored for the Royals in the first inning on a force play. In the bottom of the first inning, Wright hit a two-run home run that also scored Granderson. For the Royals, Alex Ríos drove Salvador Pérez home in the second inning, and scored on a passed ball by d'Arnaud, giving the Royals a 3–2 lead.[53] After a Syndergaard single, Granderson hit a two-run home run just over the right field wall in the third inning, and the Mets took a 4–3 lead. The Mets added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Conforto, and four more in the sixth inning, including an RBI single by Juan Uribe, in his first at bat since September 20.[54] The Royals made a few uncharacteristic mistakes in this game, the first coming in the fourth inning when pitcher Yordano Ventura forgot to cover the base on a ground ball to the first baseman, and the second in the sixth inning when Royals pitcher Franklin Morales triple-clutched Granderson's ground ball, allowing all runners to be safe, which led to a 2-run single by Wright.[55]

In the fifth inning, Royals player Raúl A. Mondesí made his Major League Baseball debut, pinch hitting for Danny Duffy. Mondesí became the first player ever to make his MLB debut in the World Series.[56]

Game 4

Ben Zobrist on October 7, 2015
Ben Zobrist hit his eighth double of the postseason, tying a postseason record previously set by Albert Pujols and David Freese of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.[57]
October 31, 2015 8:08 pm (EDT) at Citi Field in Queens, New York, 51 °F (11 °C), cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 5 9 0
New York 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
WP: Ryan Madson (1–0)   LP: Tyler Clippard (0–1)   Sv: Wade Davis (1)
Home runs:
KC: None
NYM: Michael Conforto 2 (2)
Attendance: 44,815
Boxscore

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by country singer Tim McGraw, son of the late Mets relief pitcher Tug McGraw.[58] The starting pitchers for Game 4 were Chris Young of the Royals and Steven Matz of the Mets.[59] Conforto scored the game's first run with a home run in the third inning, and Flores scored later in the inning on a Granderson sacrifice fly, where right-fielder Ríos didn't make an immediate throw home thinking that was the third out, even though it was just the second out of the inning.[60] The Royals cut the deficit to 2–1 in the top of the fifth when Pérez doubled and was then driven in by Gordon.[61] However, in the bottom of the fifth, Conforto hit another home run, becoming the first rookie to hit two home runs in a World Series game since Andruw Jones in 1996.[62] In the sixth inning, Zobrist hit his eighth double of the postseason, tying a postseason record previously set by Albert Pujols and David Freese of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.[57] Lorenzo Cain drove in Zobrist in to make it a 3–2 game.[61]

In the eighth inning, after recording the first out, Tyler Clippard walked two consecutive batters to force Terry Collins to bring in Familia. A key fielding error by Daniel Murphy allowed the tying run to score. The Royals took the lead on an RBI single from Moustakas, and then Pérez added an insurance run with another RBI base hit to give Kansas City the 5–3 lead. For Familia, it was his second blown save of the series, and second out of seven opportunities this postseason, though this one could be partly attributed to Murphy's error. Wade Davis converted a two-inning save for the Royals, his fourth overall this postseason.[63] Davis pitched a perfect eighth, but got into some trouble with one out in the ninth when Murphy hit a hard grounder that Moustakas couldn't field cleanly, and then Céspedes got a base hit to bring the winning run to the plate in Duda. However, Duda hit a soft line drive that was caught by Moustakas, who then doubled off Céspedes at first base to end the game. Céspedes had started running thinking that the ball would hit the ground.[64]

Game 5

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer scored the tying run in the top of the ninth inning.
Wade Davis Throwing the Last Pitch of the 2015 World Series
Wade Davis throwing the last pitch of the 2015 World Series.
November 1, 2015 8:18 pm (EST) at Citi Field in Queens, New York, 61 °F (16 °C), cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 10 1
New York 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
WP: Luke Hochevar (1–0)   LP: Addison Reed (0–1)
Home runs:
KC: None
NYM: Curtis Granderson (3)
Attendance: 44,859
Boxscore

Vólquez returned to the Dominican Republic for his father's funeral the day after Game 1, but returned to the Royals in time to start Game 5.[65][66] Harvey started for the Mets.[67] Tony Bennett performed "America the Beautiful", and the first pitches were thrown by Cleon Jones, Mookie Wilson, and Darryl Strawberry.[68]

Granderson led off the first inning with a home run for the Mets,[69] and scored the Mets' second run in the sixth inning. The Mets had a chance to break the game open in that sixth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs, but had to settle for one run after Céspedes lined a foul ball off his leg and was injured, leaving the game after popping up for the first out of the inning. Duda hit a sacrifice fly before d'Arnaud grounded out to end the inning. Harvey pitched eight shutout innings for the Mets, and convinced Collins to keep him in the game for the ninth. He then gave up a leadoff walk to Cain in the ninth inning, and the Royals got a run when Hosmer drove Cain in with a double, prompting Collins to call upon Familia to relieve Harvey. After a groundout by Moustakas advanced Hosmer to third base with one out, Pérez hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright, who after checking Hosmer at third, threw to first base for the second out; however, Hosmer broke for home as soon as the ball was thrown, and Duda, who fielded the out at first, threw wide at home attempting to throw Hosmer out, and the latter scored the tying run, resulting in Familia blowing his third save of the postseason and the series; his eight save opportunities tied the postseason record set in 2002 by Robb Nen.[70]

In the top of the 12th inning, with Addison Reed pitching for the Mets, Pérez hit a single for the Royals. Pinch running for Pérez, Dyson stole a base and scored on a single by pinch hitter Christian Colón.[71] Colón scored on a hit by Escobar. The Royals loaded the bases, and Cain drove home three more runs with a double off of Bartolo Colón. Davis pitched a shutout inning for the Royals to complete the series and win the championship.[72][73] Flores struck out looking to end the game, series, baseball season, with the Royals winning and ending their 30-year World Series title drought.[74]

Pérez, who batted 8-for-22 (.364) in the series, and caught every inning for the Royals with the exception of the final inning of the series, won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. He became the first catcher to win the award since Pat Borders won it in the 1992 World Series, and the second Venezuelan player, following Pablo Sandoval, who won it in the 2012 World Series.[75]

Composite line score

Salvador Pérez on August 10, 2012
Salvador Pérez was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.

2015 World Series (4–1): Kansas City Royals beat New York Mets.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Kansas City Royals 2 2 0 0 5 3 0 6 3 0 0 5 0 1 27 47 2
New York Mets 3 0 4 3 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 34 6
Home runs:
KC: Alcides Escobar (1), Alex Gordon (1)
NYM: Curtis Granderson (3), David Wright (1), Michael Conforto (2)
Total attendance: 215,185   Average attendance: 43,037
Winning player's share: $370,069.03.   Losing player's share: $300,757.78.

Broadcasting

Television

Fox broadcast the series in the United States, with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck calling the action along with color analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci and field reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews. The pregame and postgame show featured host Kevin Burkhardt with analysts Frank Thomas, Raul Ibanez, Pete Rose, and Alex Rodriguez. Fox Deportes offered a Spanish telecast of the series in the United States. The MLB International feed featured Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz with play-by-play and analysis, respectively.[76]

Fox suffered an outage during their broadcast of Game 1, resulting in a loss of coverage for 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute delay in-game while officials addressed the availability of video review due to the loss of Fox's feed; the teams agreed to allow the use of footage from the world feed of the game for video review. Fox temporarily switched to the MLB International feed of the game with Vasgersian and Smoltz to restore coverage. The video from the feed was then accompanied by Fox's commentators before the full Fox production was restored.[77]

The World Series started on a Tuesday for the second straight year, instead of a Wednesday as in the past. The practice was to avoid games on Thursday and Monday nights, generally big days of television viewing, where Fox's telecast would face stiff competition from Thursday Night Football, ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime, various popular primetime entertainment shows, and Monday Night Football.[78]

Ratings

Game 1 of the World Series averaged a 4.6 rating on Fox, making it the most watched Game 1 since the 2010 World Series.[79] Game 2 then had a 3.9 rating, up 24 percent from last season's Game 2.[80] The series also recorded the most watched Game 3 since 2009.[81]

Game 5 went head-to-head with an NBC Sunday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, both of which were previously unbeaten. Media sources like Sporting News predicted that this heavy competition would result in series-low ratings.[82] While the football game drew the larger audience, the Royals and Mets did average a 10.0 rating, the highest for a World Series Game 5 since 2003.[83]

Game Ratings
(households)
Share
(households)
U.S. audience
(in millions)
Ref
1 9.0 17 14.94 [84]
2 8.3 12 13.72 [85]
3 9.07 15 13.20 [86]
4 9.29 11 13.58 [87]
5 11.66 13 17.20 [88]

Radio

ESPN Radio aired the series, with Dan Shulman on play-by-play, Aaron Boone handling color commentary, and Buster Olney serving as field reporter. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer served as a guest commentator for selected innings in Games 1, 2 and 5. Marc Kestecher anchored pre-game and post-game coverage for the network along with Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli.[89]

Locally, the series was broadcast on the teams' flagship radio stations with their respective announcing crews. In New York, WOR aired the games in English, with Howie Rose and Josh Lewin announcing, while WEPN-AM aired the games in Spanish, with Juan Alicea and Max Pérez Jiménez announcing. In Kansas City, KCSP broadcast the games, with Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Steve Physioc announcing.[90] WEPN-FM and WHB, the ESPN Radio affiliates in New York and Kansas City respectively, aired the network's coverage of the series in those cities.[91][92]

Historical notes

This was the first (and currently only) World Series in which both teams were expansion teams, which are teams that were formed after the 1960 season; the Mets began play in 1962, while the Royals began play in 1969.[93][94] Additionally, they have been the most successful expansion teams in the major leagues: the Mets and Royals were the first expansion teams in their respective leagues to not only win a league championship pennant (1969 for the Mets and 1980 for the Royals) but the World Series as well (the Mets in 1969 and the Royals in 1985); with five and four pennants respectively, they are the only expansion franchises with more than two league titles. Each team was also seeking to end a championship drought; the Royals' previous championship was in 1985, with the Mets' last title coming one year later in 1986.[95] The Mets and Royals met on Opening Day of the 2016 season, on April 3, 2016, for a Sunday night game in Kansas City.[96] Additionally, the Royals became the first team in World Series history to start three pitchers - Yordano Ventura, Edison Volquez, and Johnny Cueto - born outside the United States.[97]

Popular culture

In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, the Chicago Cubs are depicted as the 2015 World Series champions, defeating a fictional American League team from Miami (the Miami Marlins had not yet been formed), whose mascot is an alligator.[98] Screenwriter Bob Gale, who co-wrote the script of Back to the Future Part II, originally intended it as a joke, saying "Being a baseball fan, I thought, 'OK, let's come up with one of the most unlikely scenarios we can think of'", referencing both the Cubs' long championship drought, and the fact that Florida did not have a baseball team in 1989. He also explained the October 21 prediction was based on the postseason structure at the time, and thus could have been accurate had MLB not added the Division Series in 1994 (but not played until 1995 due to the strike) and the Wild Card Game in 2012.[99] Had the predicted schedule held, Chicago would have swept the Miami team in the World Series with the Series starting October 17. In the actual 2015 postseason, the Cubs advanced to the National League Championship Series, but were eliminated in four games. Coincidentally, the final game of the NLCS took place on October 21, the same date as the fictional events of Back to the Future Part II. While the film's prediction proved to be incorrect, the Cubs did win the following year's World Series, marking an end to the team's 108-year championship drought. The official Back to the Future twitter account acknowledged this, also stating the reason that the Cubs had not won in 2015 was due to the 1994 strike causing a "Disruption in the space-time continuum".

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1929 World Series

The 1929 World Series featured the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. The Athletics beat the Cubs decisively in five games.

This was the Series of the famous "Mack Attack" (so called in honor of longtime A's owner-manager Connie Mack), in which the Athletics overcame an eight-run deficit by scoring 10 runs in the home half of the seventh in Game 4 (before two straight strikeouts by Pat Malone ended it) to snatch a 10–8 victory from the jaws of a defeat which would have evened the Series at two games apiece. The Cubs were further humiliated in the middle of that record rally when center fielder Hack Wilson lost Mule Haas's fly ball in the sun for a fluke three-run inside-the-park home run, bringing the A's to within a run at 8–7. It was the last occurrence of an inside-the-park home run in a World Series game until Game 1 of the 2015 World Series.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

2015 Auckland Darts Masters

The 2015 Auckland Darts Masters was the inaugural staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation, as a fifth and final entry in the 2015 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight PDC players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand from 28–30 August 2015.

Adrian Lewis won the first edition of the tournament after defeating Raymond van Barneveld 11–10 in the final.

2015 National League Championship Series

The 2015 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The Mets swept the Cubs four games to none for their fifth National League pennant in franchise history. The series was the 46th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Game 1 was played on October 17.This was the first postseason meeting between the Mets and Cubs, and first NLCS in which the losing team never had a lead during a game. It was also the first since 2007 to end in a sweep and the third best-of-seven NLCS to do so (the other being in 1995).

The Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.

2015 Sydney Darts Masters

The 2015 Sydney Darts Masters was the third staging of the tournament byp the Professional Darts Corporation, as a fourth entry in the 2015 World Series of Darts. The tournament featured 16 players (eight top PDC Players facing eight regional qualifiers) and was held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia from 20–22 August 2015.

Phil Taylor was the defending champion after defeating Stephen Bunting 11–3 in the last year's final and he remained the only player to have won this event by claiming his third title with an 11–3 victory over Adrian Lewis. He also hit the first ever nine-dart finish in a World Series of Darts match, when he hit one in his semi-final victory over Peter Wright.

2015 World Series by Renault

The 2015 World Series by Renault was the eleventh season of Renault Sport's series of events, with three different championships racing under one banner. Consisting of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy, the World Series by Renault ran at seven different venues where fans could get into the meetings for no cost whatsoever, such is the uniqueness of the series. It was the first season with Renault Sport Trophy.The series began on 25 April at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón in Alcañiz, and finished on 18 October at the Circuito de Jerez, just outside Jerez de la Frontera. Round at Silverstone Circuit replaced Moscow Raceway round. Rounds at Circuit Paul Ricard was dropped. While Le Mans Bugatti returned to the series' schedule, while Formula Renault 3.5 Series had two extra races on its own, in support of the Monaco Grand Prix and Red Bull Ring European Le Mans Series round.

2015 World Series of Darts

The 2015 World Series of Darts was a series of non-televised darts tournaments organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. There were 5 World Series events and one Final event being held – one in the United Arab Emirates, one in New Zealand, one in Japan, two in Australia.

2015 World Series of Darts Finals

The 2015 Unibet World Series of Darts Finals was the first time this event has taken place. The tournament took place in the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, between 21–22 November 2015. It featured a field of 24 players.

Michael van Gerwen won the title by beating Peter Wright 11–10 in the final.

2015 World Series of Poker

The 2015 World Series of Poker is the 46th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was held from May 27-July 14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Paradise, Nevada. There were 68 bracelet events, culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event, which began on July 5. The November Nine concept returned for an eighth year. Instead of a $10 million guaranteed first prize for the Main Event, however, there were now be 1,000 guaranteed payouts.New tournament formats included the $565 Colossus No Limit Hold'em event, the lowest buy-in open event at the WSOP since the 1980 WSOP. The tournament featured four starting flights with a re-entry option for each flight and a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The $1,000 WSOP.com No Limit Hold'em event awarded the first WSOP bracelet in an online tournament, with the final six players playing at the Rio on July 4. A bounty tournament was also featured, with a player earning $500 for each elimination. A Super Seniors event was also added, open to players 65 or older. In addition to these new formats, the structure for lower buy-in events was also altered and featured five times the buy-in for a starting stack.

2015 World Series of Poker Europe

The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) was held from October 8-24 at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany. There were 10 bracelet events, including a €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em event and a €550 Pot Limit Omaha event, the lowest buy-in for an Omaha tournament in WSOP history. The series of events culminated in the €10,450 Main Event beginning on October 18, and the €25,600 High Roller event on October 21. This was the first WSOP Europe since 2013, and the first held in Germany.

2015 World Series of Poker Europe results

Below are the results for the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe, held from October 8-24 at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany.

2015 World Series of Poker results

Below are the results of the 2015 World Series of Poker, held from May 27-July 14 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada.

Alex Gordon

Alexander Jonathan Gordon (born February 10, 1984) is an American professional baseball left fielder for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, Gordon attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he played college baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

At Nebraska, Gordon won the Brooks Wallace Award, Dick Howser Trophy, and Golden Spikes Award in 2005. That year, the Royals made Gordon the second overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Gordon has won six Gold Glove Awards, four Fielding Bible Awards, a Platinum Glove Award, and one Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award in MLB. Prior to 2010, Gordon was primarily a third baseman.

Carol Fuchs

Carol Fuchs is an entertainment attorney, producer, and World Series of Poker bracelet winner.

Fuchs wrote the screenplay for the 2007 romantic comedy No Reservations.Fuchs' sister is attorney Jacqueline Fuchs, who was known as Jackie Fox when a member of The Runaways rock and roll band in the 1970s. Carol Fuchs is married to Martin Shafer, Chairman/CEO of Castle Rock Entertainment. Fuchs and Shafer sometimes play in a home poker game featuring other Castle Rock executives.At the 2015 World Series of Poker, Fuchs won the $1500 Dealer's Choice tournament and its $127,735 first prize, making her the first female winner at the 2015 WSOP in an open field event, and the 21st woman to win an open event bracelet. Fuchs previously won titles at the L.A. Poker Open in 2005 and 2011. Fuchs started playing poker after reading Positively Fifth Street by James McManus. As of 2018, Fuchs' total live poker tournament winnings exceed $500,000.

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014.

The name Royals pays homage to the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899 as well as the identical names of two former negro league baseball teams that played in the first half of the 20th century (one a semi-pro team based in Kansas City in the 1910s and 1920s that toured the Midwest and a California Winter League team based in Los Angeles in the 1940s that was managed by Chet Brewer and included Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson on its roster). The Los Angeles team had personnel connections to the Monarchs but could not use the Monarchs name. The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team's board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.Entering the American League in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium (), often called "The K", is a baseball park located in Kansas City, Missouri, that is home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). It is part of the Truman Sports Complex together with the adjacent Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. The ballpark is named for Ewing Kauffman, the founder and first owner of the Royals. It opened in 1973 as Royals Stadium and was named for Kauffman on July 2, 1993. The ballpark's listed seating capacity since 2009 is 37,903.

Kauffman Stadium was built specifically for baseball during an era when building multisport "cookie-cutter" stadiums was commonplace. It is often held up along with Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as one of the best examples of modernist stadium design. It is currently the only ballpark in the American League to be named after a person and is also one of ten stadiums in Major League Baseball that does not have a corporate-sponsored name. The stadium is the sixth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball and has hosted the 1973 and the 2012 MLB All-Star Games, along with Royals home games during the 1980, 1985, 2014, and 2015 World Series. Between 2007 and 2009, Kauffman Stadium underwent a $250 million renovation, which included updates and upgrades in fan amenities, a new Royals hall of fame area, and other updates throughout the facility.

Patsy Dougherty

Patrick Henry "Patsy" Dougherty (October 27, 1876 – April 30, 1940) was a Major League Baseball outfielder from 1902 to 1911. He played for the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox), the New York Highlanders (now the New York Yankees), and the Chicago White Sox.

On July 29, 1903, Dougherty became the second Red Sox player (then known as the Americans) to hit for the cycle. In Game 2 of the 1903 World Series, the first modern World Series, Dougherty became the first player to accomplish several feats; he became the first Boston player to hit a World Series home run, the first player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game, and the first player to hit a leadoff inside-the-park home run in a World Series game (a feat not matched until the 2015 World Series, by Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals in Game 1).

Dougherty died in Bolivar, New York, at the age of 63 and was buried at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Bolivar.

Salvador Pérez

Salvador Johan Pérez Diaz (born May 10, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a six-time MLB All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner, and received the World Series Most Valuable Player Award when the Royals won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets.

Wade Davis (baseball)

Wade Allen Davis (born September 7, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs. Davis is a three-time MLB All-Star. He was a member of the Royals' 2015 World Series-winning team, and earned the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the 2015 MLB playoffs

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